I have to go court in Alberta for leaving the scene of an accident, it was proprty damage only, no impaired or anything. What kind of fine can I expect and do I have to go in front of a judge or can I just plead guilty to a court clerk?
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Were you charged under the Criminal Code or a provincial statue?
If you plead guilty it will be in front of a Judge. Keep in mind there may be a driver's licence suspension in as part of your sentence, or in addition to your sentence by the province.It is hard to predict sentence as sentencing is such an individual process. After a conviction you may receive a fine. Some people go to jail for these offences, but it is mainly in cases with records or death or injury, etc.You should hire a lawyer so he or she can find out what the Crown is seeking for a sentence. Sometimes lawyers are able to get the charge reduced to a traffic charge which is much better then a criminal code conviction which carries a record, etc.